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Infiniti GT-R possible says CEO

August 2, 2011

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has revealed an Infiniti GT-R is possible. The car would be based on the highly capable R35 Nissan GT-R only revised to suit Nissan’s sports luxury arm (Infiniti) characteristics and design.


Although Ghosn hasn’t actually confirmed that such a model will exist in the future, he certainly hasn’t swept the idea into the trash, saying in a recent CAR interview in the UK that,

“If your question is ‘could we do that’, I would say ‘yes’. The idea of using existing technologies on the body of an Infiniti, yes. All the technologies developed for Nissan are available to Infiniti.”

When asked if Infiniti would do it though, the idea became a little more sour. Ghosn said, “are we going to do that, I would say ‘no’, I don’t think so”.

Infiniti has many projects under development right now, with a range of new vehicles planned to hit the market over the next couple of years, including a new FX SUV, the new M sports sedan and an electric vehicle. But surely there’s room for a high-performance machine? According to Ghosn,

“The idea makes sense. The technology is here, the platform is here. It’s a great car, the GT-R. Is it a project now? No. But I don’t want to give you the impression we’ll never do that. But I don’t want you to think that it’s coming in the next two to three years either.”

So although it may not be conceived for a few years yet, a future Infiniti performance coupe could be on the way. Maybe just in time for the Australian debut of the brand? Infiniti plans to open up showrooms in Australia in September 2012, launching with the G37 coupe, the FX SUV and the M sedan.

Speculations like to point out that if Infiniti were to take on a GT-R specification, the platform would be based on the stunning Infiniti Essence Concept. But they are mere rumours. It would be nice though, don’t you you think?

Source: Car


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Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

  • dan5L

    all i can say is yes please